One of my favorite dinner party scenes. It’s worth the 18 minutes to watch the whole clip from this 1935 classic, Alice Adams, starring Katherine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray. You have to set aside the inherent racism and stereotyping that was simply part of life 80 years ago – that could be an entire subject on its own, but the excruciating dinner party is the focal point here as a young woman from a working class family tries to impress a wealthy suitor.

And you thought your dinner parties were strained….



Chef Selfies

2014.Apr.18 Friday

Working my way through my reading “pile” (what do we call it these days when it’s electronic?) with a bunch of chef-authored tomes. First up, To the Bone from Paul Liebrandt. I’ve met Paul numerous times though don’t know him well at all. When I worked at Veritas he used to come hang out in […]

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Nights at Sea

2014.Apr.14 Monday

Oh the tales of the sea that we could tell, had we been out to the ocean. Instead we brought the waves to the shores of Recoleta and served up a series of pescetarian meals – wasn’t the original plan, but half a dozen requests that shoe-horned into the week made it the sensible approach. […]

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Of Potato Pies, Burritos and Panchos

2014.Apr.13 Sunday

I completely missed one dish in yesterday’s post. One of Henry’s favorite Argentine dishes is pastel de papas norteño, which is essentially an Argentine adaptation of a shepherd’s pie. Since we’ve been lightening things up on our days off I decided to go with a vegetarian version: The base, a saute of onions, carrots, celery […]

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What’s Cooking at Home?

2014.Apr.12 Saturday

Not everything is eating out, though recently it has obviously seemed that way. But we still have our nights in in front of the television or a movie or with friends or family over. Making our own house hot sauce. A spinach, red oak leaf lettuce, grapefruit and walnut salad. Mixed lettuces, tomatoes, poached eggs, […]

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Chronicles of Shawarma – Book X

2014.Apr.09 Wednesday

The search for shawarma continues, albeit more slowly than in recent months. It’s kind of like my 92 bus pizza project, it sounds like a fun way to explore upfront, but at some point starts to become a bit of a chore. So, I take a break and come back to it refreshed. It’s also […]

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The Great Sandwich Hunt 10

2014.Apr.08 Tuesday

The sandwiches they keep a’comin’…. Welcome to round 10 of The Great Sandwich Hunt, and another five bites of filled bread goodness, badness, and ugliness. Porota, Gorriti 5881 in Palermo has been recommended to me more than once as a cute little cafe with great pastries and sandwiches. In particular, the chicken and vegetarian sandwiches […]

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What Does it Take?

2014.Apr.07 Monday

I was having a discussion the other night with some of the guests at dinner and one of the questions that came up from someone who’s been reading the blog was, more or less, “do you really eat at all those places?” It was specifically in reference to the various mini-reviews that made up the […]

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Some Southern French Inspiration

2014.Apr.06 Sunday

Maybe it was eating at a couple of French restaurants during the whirlwind review series, but somewhere in there I found myself thinking a bit French. Not entirely, mind you but a bit, and so I went with it in the planning of this last week’s menu. I started leafing through the pages of one […]

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